The Trinity

The team,
The Support,
The Board.
There’s three beautiful leaves on each Shamrock, and likewise three elements under the umbrella of our beloved club, mentioned above.
I’ll ramble about all three in the hope of catching everyone’s attention 😉


The team have their third biggest game of the season today, but have been apart instead of building upon that feel good factor, and key players have put in serious air miles.
The occasion should lift our bhoys, but ultimately this game is about one thing, the win. We would all forgive a boring one nil. It’s the result that counts here.


However I can’t help but feel the troops shall try to enjoy themselves on that big pitch, one step from a final. Ange is all about goals, so shall instruct his charges to attack, attack, attack.
Part of me wonders if he had Mikey Johnson to himself for a couple weeks, and could that produce any magic? I wouldnt state we shall witness the first choice eleven, which is strange to say given how important semi finals are, they do tend to see the first eleven.
However given what we know of Ange, he believes semi final are there to win, so we shall witness his current first choice eleven for a must win game, as opposed to say a European away tie where some pragmatism may kick in and we might see a different eleven, one designed to contain an opponent and hit on the break.
Simply put, he’s a horse’s for course’s man, when it suits.
There’s nothing wrong with that, only a high quality team can send the same first eleven out without any changes time after time and expect them to successfully cope with every style of opponent they meet. Even a high quality team will get tweaked, see Rafa the Gaffa and his different starting eleven every game, Pochettino was of a similar vein at Spurs.
As such I think we shall see the more attack minded midfield trio of DT, Tam, and Calmac, damn the defensive midfielder.
It might be worth keeping an eye on their keeper, given we could be in the hunt for a back-up.
The trio under Joe just wont cut the mustard, someone more solid is called for, and some cut price sales.


I’m expecting a great game as Champions rarely give up the crown easily, but I do expect a victory, a statement victory.
A great day out for the support and also a great chance to scout any interesting opposition. Ange will be desperate for that cup, expect the Bhoys to be fired up.
I’ll go for 3-1 the Hoops.


The Support,,
I’ve read many observations post AGM regarding the club and it’s structure. There is a lot of frustration out there, at the same time there’s also a void.
The void being some meaningful way to have the average fans opinion taken onboard.
Someone might come up with that, but I’m starting to think those running the national sport shall chance their arm once too many times, and get turned on.
A(nother) new Rangers for instance?
Bad ref call costs the title?


There’s a need for an umbrella group of Tims yes, but also there’s a need for connection and communication with other affected followers of the national sport.
Each professional club that adheres by the break even or FFP initiative should kick up hell when another group member throws those rules out the window! In what other business is this acceptable?
A coalition of various clubs supporters deserves investigating.
Meanwhile its incumbent upon the Tims to either take an existing supporter organization and ‘fix’ it, or create a new one,,,the real deal.


The Board,,,
Overall, it cannot be stated the club is in good hands whilst the share price steadily drops. Why aren’t other major investors acting as they lose cash?
Lowest share price since his purchase (I think), and a rowdy AGM with two board appointments forced against the floors wishes, it’s clear a new approach is needed.
Will other big investors demand a new approach? The younger Desmond would be a bad appointment in that it would hark back to the family dynasty’s era.
They can ride it out, but if share price keeps dropping DD and other investors will have big decisions to make.


The Liverpool support walked out early over twenties plenty, Beachball Sunday was a polite way of saying we know you’re all assholes to the refs and SFA, and we recently saw tennis balls delaying the start. No one is asking for a boycott, but certain actions do have effect.


I’m well aware some on here aren’t fans of the Green Brigade but they are the only group that have publicly threatened action thus far,, ie Higgins or Us.
As such I applaud them for no other group is walking the walk after talking the talk, yet.
Plus they have an Ace up their sleeve, the vibe they bring.
The Higgins appointment has the potential to impact the matchday experience on the negative side. We are one appointment away from a stand off, helping the share price tank, and customer grumblings the experience has suffered,,,
This one could grow.
If the team really is feeding off the crowd as Ange stated, and the GB walk away, then Houston we have a problem. When the politics get soo bad they impact upon the field of play,then it’s truly time for all parties to sit down and start talking.


By Mahe.

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The Gombeen Man
November 20, 2021 7:46 am

“Every Shamrock is a Clover, but every Clover isn’t a Shamrock.”

The Celtic Badge is four leafed Clover. Not a three leafed Shamrock.

That’s a huge difference.

The fourth leaf is appropriate because the fourth leaf represents the Shareholders.

Primarily those anonymous Significant Shareholders.

Many of us rightly take pride in our knowledge of the Clubs’ history. That’s an interesting form of entertainment.

Who really knows the identify or mechanism of how the “Significant Shareholders.” Hold their shares in the Club?.


Who knows what other companies those shares are connected to?

Tax avoidance schemes? Burnt Bondholders.
Who knows?

That’s real time stuff. Reality.
They’re the decision makers. They call the shots.

It’s seedy and the antipathy of everything that Celtic purport to represent.

A way needs to be found to expose and put the focus on these faceless people.
Make it so uncomfortable for these overly powerful, faceless, investors to hold shares in Celtic, that they back off.

Expose them, bombard them, embarrass them, report them.

They don’t attend AGM’s. They don’t give a monkey’s about Sevco, Refs, Police Scotland or the Support. Or I’m sorry to say : Resolutions.

If a CEO messes up or doesn’t play the game. He’s out and they sit, unaffected in the background.

They’ll find new mannequins in smart Celtic blazers to cop the flak at AGM’S for the decisions they make, in secret, of course.

Focusing on the Board is to focus on their conduit.

Focus on the fourth leaf of that 🍀 anglicized Shamrock.

It would be nice to see it somehow restored to a three leafed Clover :

A Shamrock.

The fourth leaf always represented something phoney. It never sat right.

Not the Real Thing.

Thanks Mahe for reminding me.

The Gombeen Man
November 20, 2021 8:37 am


The fourth leaf on the Clover represents Luck.

Luck and superstition were integral parts of Gaelic Culture.

Folk believed that there was only so much luck to go around.

If your neighbour was lucky, you were unlikely to be lucky.

That’s why the four leafed Clover became important.

On special days like the beginning of a new Season, women would go out and collect morning dew with cloths at daybreak.
If your neighbour was thought to be lucky, they’d take the dew from their land.

Much revolved around luck…

And dreaded Curses of course.

There was no swear words as such. Curses were used and believed to be very powerful.

They say, ‘Never start a Curse and never break one.’

The Curse over the Mayo Football Team is a good example.

It was allegedly made by a Priest. That’s ironic because the Church did everything it could to replace the old ways and the Brehon Laws with the rigid Canon Laws.

The Gaelic ways and Roman Canon Law were never an easy fit.

On a lighter note. The Irish made up for the lack of swear words in the old language by their liberal use of swear words in the foreign language.

I always thought it was an unconscious defilement.

“If you’re going to make it use it, we’re not going to respect it ”

Till Later.

Jobo Baldie
November 20, 2021 10:06 am

Good morning, friends, from a pretty horrible, wet and blustery EK. For those of you going to Hampden later I hope you enjoy a memorable occasion and witness a performance that Bertie would have been proud of.

The Gombeen Man
November 20, 2021 10:38 am

“If you’re going to make it use it, we’re not going to respect it ”…

Should be…

“If they’re going to make us use it (the English language).We’re not going to respect.”

@ 8.37.

November 20, 2021 10:48 am


Yes,it will be great to see the troops lining up again. Bloody stupid kick-off time though. Hopefully someone will put up a link to it.

November 20, 2021 11:02 am

“The painful reality is that our country’s criminal justice system – and our society – is predicated on white supremacy and anti-Black racism,” Amnesty International says following the verdict

November 20, 2021 11:16 am

Still waiting on Superbru predictions from A thing of beauty, Cosy Corner Bhoy, Gscbhoy and wee BGFC.

November 20, 2021 11:25 am

Anybody know of a pub in York showing the match.

November 20, 2021 11:44 am
Prestonpans bhoys
November 20, 2021 11:44 am

Time for the bus 3:1 to the Bhoys👍👏

November 20, 2021 11:47 am

This was very good

November 20, 2021 11:48 am

Cheers Jim result 👍

November 20, 2021 11:55 am

PPB You do know its a 5.15 ko 😜

Bada Bing
November 20, 2021 11:56 am

Be prepared for 11 men behind the ball,and Tag Team thuggery to avoid bookings as long as possible.

A thing of beauty
November 20, 2021 12:04 pm

Just to be pedantic but was beachball Sunday not about celebrating going to Spain for Seville. As for the fans uniting, as prestonpans bhoy points out the vast majority at the game won’t know a thing about it.

November 20, 2021 12:11 pm
November 20, 2021 12:13 pm

Weather forecast for Mount Florida is late afternoon 🌞😎🍀

Prestonpans bhoys
November 20, 2021 1:04 pm


The bus originally wanted to leave earlier to get to the pub for 11am😵😱

November 20, 2021 1:19 pm

PPB You bhoys fae the Pans like to make a day of it HH 🍺👍🍀

November 20, 2021 1:59 pm

Heading off shortly for the game where doubtless there will be a few beers 🍺 a few tears 😢 and hopefully a few cheers HH🍀

November 20, 2021 2:19 pm


Do it for JONSKI,Bhoys!!!

Prestonpans bhoys
November 20, 2021 2:26 pm

Montfords have their speakers blazing , bizarre😕😵😱

November 20, 2021 2:31 pm

Leicester 0 Chelsea 3 could have been 6 or 7.
One dimensional possession coach 0 modern positive coach 3.
Everyone knows i am not a fan of the possession above all else game.
Pep was found out by Bayern around a decade ago yet so many follow his systems.
A guy who has not won in the European arena in over a decade despite huge financial backing.
Man U would be fools to employ Rodgers who although a very good coach is too limited to be a really top class one.
His teams are good in possession but clueless without which was evident today with how easily Chelsea beat them.
Also even with possession they lack forward purpose.

St tams
November 20, 2021 2:43 pm

Chelsea were excellent. Really like the way they get the ball forward quickly and don’t play it about the back too much

November 20, 2021 2:46 pm

Good afternoon all from Shawlands.

November 20, 2021 2:48 pm

St tams
They play it quickly forward due to excellent off the ball movement which is a result of coaching.
They made it look easy which it was due to the fact that BR’s teams are clueless without possession.
Was a big reason for our European humbling’s under Brendan.

November 20, 2021 3:12 pm

Celtic have injury woes with regulars Rogic and Starfelt still out, and it’ll soon be a year since Chis Jullien was anywhere near fit. Welsh can cover CB, and Ange will continue with two right backs, one playing on the left.

James Forrest is due a return to the starting line up, and McGregor and Turnbull will take the midfield slots poignantly today, in a tribute to predecessors Auld and Murdoch.

Giakoumakis injured again with the jury still well and truly out leaves the abominable Ajeti as back up goalscorer, it’s as well we have heroes Kyogo and Jota, capable of winning any game.

If we score early as Bertie did against the same opponents 52 years ago, we’ll sail to victory, otherwise St Johnstone will make this an industrial meeting, “ But can they play “ ?

RIP Mr Celtic

November 20, 2021 3:41 pm


A fine leader.

Nana and Puff Puff

Re the song:

Four Strong Winds.

The Wolfe Tones do a wonderful version of this song, plus a whole host of North American country/folk staples.

Their version of Bee Gees song ‘The Sun Is Burning’ has to be heard to be believed. Just Google Wolfe Tones/country albums and you will find a few crackers.

FFS, I cannot believe that I am discussing music with the night-shift. Way out of my comfort zone. This is the first, and last time that this shall happen. 😀


There is a fascinating story in John O’Farrell’s “An utterly Impartial History of Britain” covering the period of Roman occupation right through till 1945. He explains why The English king switched from practicing the Celtic version of Christianity to the Roman version. This opinion may or may not be factually correct, given that the author-and there is no other way of putting this-rips the pish out of everyone and anything. It is the funniest book that I have ever read, but it is not for the faint hearted.

As for the club badge. I was bitterly disappointed, when, a season or so after the centenary season, the club badge reverted to the four leaf clover. I have always preferred the Celtic cross as the club badge, as this of course was the badge worn by the earliest Celtic teams.

Hail Hail.

November 20, 2021 3:58 pm

Magua…everybody’s choice of music is welcome, unless it’s Spandau Ballet of course!! 😉
Here’s the Wolfe Tones 4 Strong Winds…

…and here’s the Sun Is Burning…

Bada Bing
November 20, 2021 4:05 pm

Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Welsh, Juranovic, Bitton, McGregor, Turnbull, Abada, Kyogo, Jota

Subs: Bain, Scales, McCarthy, Montgomery, Soro, Uroghide, Johnston, Forrest, Ajeti

Puff Puff
November 20, 2021 4:15 pm

McCaff .. thank God your still alive as me and Nana thought you got caught by a Racoon on a beer run in the wee hours ..

November 20, 2021 4:16 pm

HeeHeeHee…the fu’ signs came up on the inside of my eyelids – when that happens there’s no time for formalities like saying goodnight! Instinct kicks in and it’s off to bed!!

Puff Puff
November 20, 2021 4:30 pm

Sweet song thetic . Santa Catalina Island is a place I’ve never been to but for years I’ve looked over from LA and thought one day . Might even happen this January if Covid doesn’t show its ugly head .

Puff Puff
November 20, 2021 4:37 pm

MAGUA .. Tremendous 4 strong winds by the wolfetones .. Will definitely check then out as I only really think of them as a rebs band .

Puff Puff
November 20, 2021 4:37 pm

The games at the best time ever .

November 20, 2021 4:47 pm

Are you watching the game in the summer house 😀

Prestonpans bhoys
November 20, 2021 4:49 pm

HH from Hampden park👍👏

November 20, 2021 4:59 pm

The Celtic Song / maxhaitch2k8YahBass

November 20, 2021 5:00 pm

Craig…nah I’m in the winter hoose! 🤣

November 20, 2021 5:15 pm

Evening all, God bless Wee Bertie.
Turned on Premier Sports, commentators Swaaly McCoist (the Gardner) & Derek McKinnes, phuck me drunk. If i paid for this shit i’d be cancelling 😜

Going to Celtic TV instead.

BP all my best to you joan and her mammie.


November 20, 2021 5:17 pm

Let’s do this

November 20, 2021 5:27 pm

Jota is special

November 20, 2021 5:29 pm

McCaff and Puff Puff

Cheers, Bhoys.

Hail Hail.

November 20, 2021 5:37 pm

Holy crap Joe,,,,

November 20, 2021 5:37 pm

Fuckin hell Joe!!

November 20, 2021 6:07 pm

Very poor.

Mike in Toronto
November 20, 2021 6:10 pm

I’m presuming the reactions are to the GB … what’s up?

St tams
November 20, 2021 6:11 pm

This is dire.

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